The Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Co. is an all-volunteer department. We provide fire protection to our coverage area of Ship Bottom south to Beach Haven Crest and mutual aid to surrounding areas when needed. As an all-volunteer department, we are a team of dedicated professional volunteers, and we rely on your support of our fundraisers and donations to provide effective services to our community.

Hall Rental
Please contact hall coordinator Dan English via email or text at 609-276-1005 for Hall Rental scheduling and information.


Island Fire and First Aid Companies Drill Ahead of Hectic Summer Season

Our volunteers do more than just handle calls. We recently participated in this island-wide drill, and utilized our rescue swim skills and surplus acquired humvee vehicles to successfully transport the “victims” off of the beach to awaiting ambulances. Thanks for your support, we’re always here to assist the community! Thanks for the coverage, The SandPaper!   …


Volunteers proudly serving since 1922.

The history of the Ship Bottom Volunteer Fire Company #1:

As the population of the community grew during the early 1900s, the need for an organized fire department became apparent. With 30 members the fire company was located in a building where the Church now stands at 19th St. and Long Beach Blvd…

The only equipment was a hand drawn hose reel with a chemical tank attached. The firemen were alerted to fires by a bell that was rung by the closest member to it. The rest of the men would run to the firehouse, gather their equipment and head to the fire. This was hard work and some fires were too intense for the inadequate equipment. Thus a fundraising campaign was initiated to raise additional money for new equipment. One event to raise money was an annual Fourth of July carnival, where homemade goodies…pies, cakes, jams and jellies were sold, as well as games of chance and races. 

By 1923, the fire company raised enough money to purchase a 1917 Reo truck which was their first piece of motorized equipment. The truck was too large to be stored in their 19th St. building; therefore arrangements were made to house the truck in the then Morgan and Downers garage. In 1928 the fire company acquired the old railroad station and in 1930 purchased a used Cadillac and built their own chemical truck. A Mack truck was purchased in 1933 and used until 1964 when it was donated to Warren Grove Fire Dept.  

In 1934, a plumbing supply building located at 21st St. and Central Ave. was acquired by the fire company to accommodate the expanding needs of the community. Through the years, additions were made resulting in its present day appearance.


For ALL Emergencies Dial 9-1-1.

Non-Emergencies, please call (609) 494-2561 and leave a message

Hall rentals – Dan English |

Operations & Firematics – Douglas White, Chief  |

Administrative  – Rick McDonough, President |